Paper Marbling Classes at Hotwalls Studios Portsmouth



Learn how to marble paper and create the patterns seen on the covers of old books and the motifs and flowers seen in traditional Turkish Ebru.

James has opened his Ebru Studio for marbling workshops on a regular basis with the aim of providing colourful and fun, entertaining and informative opportunities to immerse yourself in the wonder of painting on water!

James will take you through the process step by step, ensuring absolute beginners will produce work they are proud of.

Experienced marblers will benefit from being encouraged to explore new techniques unique to Turkish Ebru.

• Suitable for complete beginners and experienced marblers.
• Taking place over 5/6 hours (depending on your needs)
• James can tailor the workshops to the needs of the individual. You set your own pace and goal for the day.
• James specialises in Turkish Ebru techniques. In addition to the more familiar marbling techniques he can also teach the flowers and motifs seen in traditional Turkish Ebru.
• Includes marbling onto at least 4 wood cutouts, such as hearts, butterflies and bunnies.

The marbling workshops are held in James’ Ebru Studio, part of the creative community located in the stunning, newly regenerated Hotwalls studios, Old Portsmouth.

The Hotwalls Studios are located in the unique and important heritage buildings, known collectively as Point Battery, complete with toilet facilities, brasserie/cafe and access to the beach.

Pubs and cafes offering lunch are close by along with a Co-op and lots of outdoor seating.

For group bookings please get in touch directly to discuss requirements and discounts.

The tutor:
James’ own journey as an artist is a mix of very informal and intuitive, as well as the traditional and disciplined.

James' Turkish wife, Bahar, introduced him to Ebru in 2009 as a birthday treat. He went on to spend 5 years with Ebru master Kubilay Dincer, learning how to prepare materials and mastering many of the techniques required to produce traditional Ebru.

James has adapted many of these techniques to create his own style, blending traditional with contemporary. He uses digital media to create designs that can be applied to a wide range of products such as pure silk scarves, cards and cushions.

BYO food and alcohol is permitted (sensible limits!)

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

• We work on A4 tray and paper, A3 can be provided if requested in advance.

• Up to 4 real wood cutouts included, more can be purchased on the day.

• Light refreshments including tea, coffee and biscuits. Bring your own lunch or use near by vendors.


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No.13 Hotwalls Studios
Broad Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
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  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
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  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


5 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Rosie - - #28608

After a warm welcome from James Mouland, my nine year old grandson and I settled down to our marbling session feeling relaxed and keen. He got us participating in a short time without the kind of ponderous lecture that gets one impatient to start. Thereafter he led us through the basic steps with great patience and a professional lightness of touch which engendered confidence. Our two-hour session (sharing a tray) flew by and we both loved it and the results we got. James is personable, engaging and considerate and one senses his vast experience in this exquisite art of Turkish marbling. Really a 5 star experience in every respect and great value for money. Many thanks.

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Rosie, it was lovely meeting you and your grandson, you both made really good progress in a short time. Hope to see you again soon, James.

Milli proust - - #27976

A lovely studio and great teacher. Loved this workshop. We learnt a lot and it was very relaxing. The studio is right by the sea too, it made such a good day out.

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Milli, so pleased you enjoyed your marbling experience, hope to see you again soon.

Lisa Dougherty - - #27468

I did a day workshop with James and it was fantastic. I learnt so much and got to try so many different techniques. Being able to take away my work on paper and the wood fridge magnets was so satisfying. James is an excellent teacher - very encouraging and obviously passionate about marbling and very talented. Can’t wait to get started at home now!

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Lisa, you did a brilliant job, I’m sure you will have lots of fun practising at home. James.

Misha - - #27180

I thoroughly enjoyed my workshop with James. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and patient. It was a very relaxed atmosphere, and great that I was able to choose what we did in the workshop. I learnt so much in such a short space of time. I'd highly recommend this to anyone and would love to do another workshop with James.

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Misha, you made some great progress, I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Carolyn Holland - - #26970

It was a really lovely way to spend a special morning with my daughter. We both enjoyed making multiple patterns and learning about different techniques.
James was very friendly and welcoming and explained the techniques very clearly.
Much enjoyed.

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Carolyn it was lovely meeting and teaching you both, hope to see you again soon.Best regards,James

Jane Donald - - #26919

An extremely interesting and enjoyable workshop along with my daughter. We learned a lot and laughed a lot too. James has a relaxed way of teaching his craft which encourages you to learn more. I thoroughly recommend doing one of his workshops, they are fun!

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Jane it was my pleasure to meet and teach you and your daughter, you are most welcome to return for fun and laughter!! James :)

Lynne Cunningham - - #24582

I recently enjoyed a 1 day workshop with James at his Ebru Studio to experience the basic Ebru marbling technique. It was an excellent day, great fun and very absorbing. James is a very friendly, very patient and encouraging teacher and I was amazed and delighted - even as a complete novice I was really thrilled at what I achieved! It's a very forgiving craft - I made mistakes, or at least I thought I had, but with James mistakes don't really happen - he happily encourages and shows a way of converting those 'mistakes' into a creative success! Relaxing, fascinating, absorbing - I would highly recommend doing a workshop with James - and his studio is also in a lovely location!

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Lynne, I really enjoyed teaching you and you produced some lovely results you should be very proud of your achievements!

Sian Riddell - - #23874

Just spent a great morning on this course. James took us through the technique step by step and let us experiment too. It’s such a calming, enjoyable activity, which we both loved, with great results. We’d recommend it to anyone! Thank you!

Sally - - #23866

Just come home from a fantastic day learning all about this lovely craft. James is a great host and teacher, thank you so much James, we’re planning to come back and learn lots more. Great fun 😀

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Sally, it was great fun teaching you both, I look forward to your return, so we can master those tulips!

Natalie - - #23861

What a great day! James took us through a variety of techniques step by step and at the right pace for both of us. He’s very patient and we learnt loads.
We’re already planning a return visit.

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Natalie, I had great fun teaching you both, I can't wait to see your displayed work and you are welcome back anytime. Best wishes, James.

Christine - - #23484

I thoroughly enjoyed my one to one session and was more than pleasantly surprised with the results.
It was the start of a journey with Ebru ; a learning experience which was : challenging, rewarding and therapeutic.
I can't wait to start experimenting with my new hobby kit.

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

We had fun didn't we Christine and surprised your partner with your progress, can't wait to see what you produce at home with your new kit!

Sam Harwood - - #22903

I really enjoyed my workshop with James. I'd had some experience with marbling before but it was fascinating learning about Ebru and trying it myself under the friendly and enthusiastic guidance of James. I love the fact that this is something you can do without having very much artistic talent and you can still get reasonable results. Of course, the master artists spend years trying to achieve perfection in their art and that's another story entirely. The location of the studio is wonderful and it's a great atmosphere. A real pleasure to spend the day here and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anybody.

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thank you for your kind words Sam, it was lovely to meet you and share the marbling experience, I hope you make wonderful progress back home! James

Hollie Branson - - #22822

I had such a fun day at James' studio learning Turkish Ebru Art. James explained the different techniques very clearly and was very flexible in what you wanted to achieve from the day. The course length was just the right amount and allowed time for rest breaks. James also allowed my fiancé, who came to watch, to have a go at some of the different techniques which was great. This is something I would love to do again in the future and to learn some more techniques. Thanks James!

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Hollie, you and Sam both did a great job, I hope your future Grand kids enjoy the video archive!

Karen - - #21730

Spent a great afternoon engaged in a one to one Ebru workshop with James. The technique is both relaxing and quite engrossing so the time flew by. By the end of the afternoon I had been able to have a go at many of the Ebru techniques and produced some pieces I was quite proud of. The atmosphere is relaxed and I think you'll be amazed at what you're able to produce, even as a beginner.

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Karen, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the Ebru Workshop you made incredible progress, your tulips were particularly impressive!

Lorraine Newman - - #21075

James put on a workshop especially for us two. He made us feel very welcome and kept us supplied in drinks & Turkish delight. He’s a good teacher, he shows you what to do then let’s you have a go. He supervises you throughout the process and we picked it up quickly.
Ebru painting is different to anything I’ve come across before and I would like to have another go sometime.

Emma - - #21063

We had a great afternoon with James. We were both new to ebru and James made us feel very comortable, to a point we were confident enough to play around with different ideas and techniques.

James is a great teacher and adapted his style to what each of us needed, so we got a lot more out of the lesson than we had anticipated.

Highly recommend!

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Emma, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the workshop, welcome back anytime.James

Margaret Ferguson - - #20949

I did this course last Friday and it was brilliant. I learned a lot about Ebru marbling techniques and was delighted with what I produced at the end of the day. James was an excellent teacher and made sure that I had a taste of the different aspects and then allowed me to concentrate on those parts I liked best. I came away with not only a real buzz of enthusiasm but also a feeling of relaxation after such an enjoyable and interesting day.

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

It was a real pleasure teaching you Margaret, you produced some lovely work by really focusing on the colours and patterns you wanted to achieve, I look forward to welcoming you again.

Helen - - #20862

I did the full day (5 hour workshop) with James. It was fantastic! I've already done a fair bit of marbling and was really looking to develop my skills - this workshop definitely helped me to do this. I took away technical knowledge, new techniques and some very lovely pieces of marbling. I can't wait to put my new skills into practice at home. It was definitely worth the two and a half drive to take part! Thanks James

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

It was lovely meeting you and your mum and you both produced some really good work, can't wait to see what you produce at home with your new skills!

Dawn - - #20551

Fantastic hour with James in his studio. James shares his amazing talent but also lets you take the lead and let your imagination run wild. Very relaxed atmospshere, i came away feeling very chilled and quite destressed! The one problem with James and his Ebru art is that you instantly want to plan your next session!!! More, more, more!!!

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Dawn, I look forward to seeing you again and helping you to nail the perfect pansy!

Josef Packham - - #20265

My wife and I had an incredible day with James. He is extremely knowledgeable and his teaching style is very relaxed, meaning you get maximum time in the hot seat! As total beginners, we were shocked at just how much we achieved and the range of techniques we learnt in one session. Fantastic day with a lovely chap. Would recommend to anyone.

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Joe, so pleased you and your wife enjoyed the Ebru workshop. I look forward to seeing some snaps of your framed work in your new home!

Ann - - #19874

I've done two 2-hour workshops with James, both times sharing a 'tray' with someone else, which is a great idea. I thoroughly enjoyed both workshops and James is a fantastic teacher, first giving you the basic techniques, then allowing you to 'freestyle' and create your own designs. At the second workshop he guided me through creating a piece of artwork which I was very pleased with. A class in Ebru is something anyone can try and it's great fun... and you don't need any particular artistic talent beforehand - try and be surprised at what you can do!

Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks Ann, your progress was brilliant, your final piece was a real triumph!

Cathy Hurman - - #19759

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Response from James Mouland Ebru Studio:

Thanks for leaving such an enthusiastic review, I am so pleased you enjoyed your day, you did a great job, welcome back any time. Can't wait for you to share some snaps of your framed work! :)

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